Liam Walker specialises in criminal matters of the gravest nature. He is regularly instructed to defend clients charged with murder, attempted murder, terrorism, serious sexual offences and complex fraud. Liam acts as both leading counsel and junior counsel.
Liam has particular experience of cases where fitness to plead will be an issue. He is commended by those instructing him for his tactical acumen, thorough preparation and his ability to build a rapport with the most demanding of clients.
Liam represents advises and represents those alleged to have committed professional misconduct before their regulatory bodies. He has represented professional footballers, boxers, athletes, pharmacists and doctors.
Having represented Harlequins RFC, Bath RFC and Bristol RFC in his younger days Liam continues to play rugby, slowly, when time allows. Liam is a committed football fan who ''enjoys'' the travails of Crystal Palace FC. He discovered marathon running to distract himself from the inevitable drama of the end of each football season. He has travelled widely in pursuit of his first sporting love, surfing.
- R v Burke
 Attempted Murder. Attempted murder by stabbing.
- R v Shi Fu Ni
 Attempted Murder. Attempted murder by strangulation and attempted rape.
- R v Karabeyaz
 Manslaughter. Manslaughter by kicking, retrial of manslaughter charge. (Read more)
- R v Karabeyaz
 Murder. Murder and section 18 by kicking. (Read more)
- R v Samuel Quamina
 Murder. Allegation of murder and causing grievous bodily harm by a homeowner to three intruders. (Read more)
- R v Lont
 Murder. Multi-handed murder of homeless man.
- R v Leong and Others
 Murder. Multi-handed murder of a pensioner involving triad gangs.
- R v Tate
 Attempted murder. Widely publicised shooting of a bystander that emanated from an attempted ‘hit’ of a DJ by a gang of Jamaican contract killers. A complex matter involving extensive expert testimony regarding mobile phone evidence.
- R v K Malik and Others
 Murder. Multi-handed murder of a faith healer, which involved international investigations and complex issues of disclosure. Mr Malik was acquitted despite cut throat defences run by co-defendants. (Read more)
- R v Miazga
 Murder. Murder of two Polish brothers. The matter attracted widespread media coverage. (Read more)
- R v Kayani and Others
 Murder. Multi-handed conspiracy to commit the murder of two brothers by a rival South London gang. Heard at the Old Bailey, the trial was the longest ever murder tried at the Central Criminal Court. Prosecution halted against all defendants after the defence disclosure requests revealed witness contamination. (Read more)
Liam is currently instructed in a post conviction appeal of matter concerning the manufacture of improvised explosive devices.
Liam has been instructed to advise suspects of terrorism and firearms offences in advance of trial. He is able to advise lay and professional clients on the applicability of acts alleged and the admissibility of evidence under legislation including Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, Counter-Terrorism Act 2008, Prevention of Terrorism Act, Terrorism Act 2000 & 2006. Liam is particularly valued for being able to build a rapport with the most demanding of clients.
Liam has been instructed to appear as leading counsel, junior counsel and alone, in complex fraud matters prosecuted by agencies including the SFO and the CPS. Having studied mathematics, accountancy and statistics to degree level and worked within London’s financial district, Liam’s academic and practical experience provides him with the ideal platform to grasp the most complex of fraud work.
Liam retains specialist knowledge of the law of abuse of process and is often instructed to appear in cases in which applications to stay proceedings or applications to dismiss are required. Liam has also been instructed to advise those at the investigatory stage.
Liam is regularly instructed on a privately funded or direct access basis. He is frequently instructed to represent high profile clients. Previous lay clients include a former England football captain, other professional international athletes, professionals in medicine, finance, entertainment, media and company directors.
- R v K
 Fraud. £80 million complex multi handed fraud.
- R v Mpengula
 Fraud Leading junior defending an allegation against an employee of Emirates airlines accused of conspiring to fraudulently provide upgrades to passengers with a travel agent. The loss to Emirates airlines was alleged to have totalled many hundreds of thousands of pounds.
- R v Biryah and Others
 Fraud. Allegation of multi-million pound cheating of the public revenue against company director with interests in various foreign jurisdictions.
- R v C and Others
 Fraud; duty evasion. Six handed multi-million pound conspiracy to evade duty. The matter was stayed three months into the Crown’s case following lengthy and complex defence submissions concerning disclosure. This resulted in the recusal of the presiding judge and the Crown’s subsequent decision to offer no evidence.
Liam is frequently instructed to advise on and conduct appeals at the appellant stage. Liam has in-depth knowledge of scientific evidence including blood spatter, telecommunication, computer data storage and DNA analysis, which can be applied where fresh evidence advice is required.
- R v L
 EWCA CRIM 316 Appeal against conviction allowed following the admission of character evidence via an incorrect gateway and inadequate directions from the trial judge.
- R v B & Others
 EWCA Crim 238 Prosecution appeal against terminatory ruling. Judge's ruling upheld, resulting in Crown offering no evidence on longest ever running murder trial at the Old Bailey.
- R v F 
EWCA Crim 1688 Appeal against conviction allowed.
- R v S A & B
Cr.App.R. 2007 2, The Times, 7th February 2007. The first challenge to the Identity Cards Act 2006.
- CPS Harrow v Brentford Youth Court,
The Times, 8th October 2003,  9 Archbold News 1
- Judicial review concerning the admissibility of similar fact and background evidence in relation to the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999.
- R v Rollin and Ors
 Conspiracy to commit violent disorder Mr Rollin was alleged, with 22 others, to have conspired to commit violent disorder by organising violence against a fascist group. Mr. Rollin and other protestors were said to have been anarchists intent on attacking fascists attending a ‘blood and honour’ concert held in Welling. Mr. Rollin was indicted first in the second trial. Despite many defendants having been convicted in the first trial and being described as a ring leader he was acquitted unanimously. Read more.
- R v S A & B
Cr.App.R. 2007 2, The Times, 7th February 2007
- The first challenge to the Identity Cards Act 2006.
- R v Aborlarinwa
 Sexual assault and attempted kidnap. Multiple counts of attempted kidnap and sexual assault against women in the South East by a defendant with psychiatric issues so severe he was deemed unfit to enter pleas.
- R v Lee
 Indecent assault and possession of child pornography. Multiple historic counts of indecent assault against two children.
- R v Faisal Rawat
 Kidnapping and inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent. Acid attack by defendant with mental health issues on his family.
- R v Passenger
 Conspiracy to cultivate cannabis. Largest ever cannabis cultivation ring uncovered in South Wales.
- R v Slinger
 Multiple rape and sexual touching. 37 Counts of sexual offences including rape and sexual assault of children.
- R v SM
 Rape and sexual assault against a child under the age of 16. Historic allegations of sexual abuse against a family member including the admission of evidence of previous similar convictions.
- R v Kelly
 Death by careless driving. Causing the death of a cyclist by careless driving. Widespread media coverage of tragic death of father of three children. Read more and more.
- R v Bass
 Rape and sexual assault. Rape and multiple counts of sexual assault of three separate complainants.
- R v Cutino
 Rape. Rape of mentally impaired complainant by defendant with severe learning disabilities. A test case, the matter was the first prosecution of "sexual touching of a person who was unable to refuse because of a reason relating to a mental disorder" contrary to section 30(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
- Vassell and Others (Operation Korab)
[ 2007] Section 18; Conspiracy to rob. Multi-handed conspiracy to rob concerning over 18 ‘steamings’ on London Underground trains, which involved multiple s18 GBH charges and threats to rape.
- R v Anderson & Brooks
 Kidnap; possession of firearms. Attempted gangland execution involving kidnap, threats to kill and firearms. A particularly grave matter in which one of the defendants had been the subject of an unsuccessful contract killing, resulting in Bristol Crown Court’s largest ever conspiracy to murder trial. The case was dismissed following Liam’s cross examination of a ballistics expert.
Liam is regularly instructed to represent those alleged to have committed professional misconduct by the regulatory bodies governing their profession. Liam is often instructed at an early stage where allegations may have formed the basis of criminal charges.
- R v JCT
 Conspiracy. Heavy weight cage fighting champion charged with conspiracy.
- R v R
 Affray Premiership footballer charged with affray.
- R v X
 Failing to provide details. Premiership footballer alleged to have failed to provide registration details.
- R v X
 Failing to provide details. Former England football captain charged with failing to provide registration details.
Liam has also represented those alleged to have committed professional misconduct in the medical profession.
- R v W
 Misconduct. Doctor alleged to have conducted affairs with patients.